PR No.96 “KHADIM-E-PUNJAB UJALA PROGRAM”-SOLARIZATION OF SCHOOLS PROJECT Islamabad: March 10, 2017
A Road Show for solarization of schools under the Project “Khadim-e-Punjab Ujala Program” was hosted by the Embassy of Pakistan on 10th March 2017, says a press release received here today from Beijing.
A Pakistani delegation, comprising of representatives from Punjab Government and foreign consultants along with 154 Chinese companies, specializing in solar energy, participated in the event.
Ambassador Masood Khalid welcomed the participants and gave a brief introduction of the Ujala Program. He said that as a part of Development Strategy of the Punjab Government, keeping in view the power deficiency, it has been decided to solarize 20,000 schools in the province, focusing on remote areas. The aim of the project is not only to improve the power supply but to create public awareness about solar energy as an alternative energy source. The infrastructure of schools is to be upgraded accordingly.
Ambassador termed Punjab as the hub of economic activity due to focused policies of the provincial government in the fields of health, education, infrastructure and industrial development. He said that the government is also establishing industrial and economic zones with unprecedented economic incentives to the investors.
Ambassador reiterated the Pakistan China friendship by terming CPEC, a flagship project of President Xi Jinping’s vision of One Belt One Road, as a new dynamic chapter in this time tested friendship. He informed that currently 19,000 Chinese professionals are working in Pakistan under outstanding security environment being provided by the Government of Pakistan.
The Chairman of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Project, Mr. Arif Saeed explained the features of the Ujala project which he said has a twofold aim; to supply clean energy to schools and enabling the students to learn in a better environment.
Secretary Energy Department of the provincial government, Mr. Asad Gillani announced a gift of 25 computers to Pakistan Embassy College Beijing from Chief Minister Punjab, terming it as a testimony of his strong commitment towards information technology, including in schools. He said that in order to maintain highest standards, two of the best German Companies are a part of the project as consultants. A representative of the consultants, Mr. Gerwin Dressman shed light on the statistical and technical aspects of the Ujala project.
Representatives of Pakistani Banks were also present to give financial advice to the Chinese Companies. The Roadshow was followed by a networking session between the Chinese companies and the delegation.